- John Steenhuisen has slammed Police Minister Bheki Cele for claiming there is no police brutality in the country
- Cele said he was unhappy with the ANC Black Friday campaign as it shouts "police brutality"
- Cele has been criticised by many for focusing on alcohol use instead of more serious crimes such as GBV
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DA interim leader John Steenhuisen has slammed Minister of Police Bheki Cele for claiming there is no police brutality in South Africa.
Steenhuisen sarcastically replied: "Yes and every morning unicorns pull the sun into the sky and fairies push it down to bed at night, can we please get a new Police minister?" to Cele's remarks.
Cele has criticised the ANC’s Black Friday anti-racism campaign, saying it gave criminals a chance to turn the community against the police.
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At a virtual lecture to the ANC eThekwini region on Thursday, Cele revealed he was unhappy with the campaign, in which the ANC "shouts police brutality".
"In South Africa there is no police brutality. We should not behave as if police do as they please. We have arrested more than 300 police who steal alcohol [and] cigarettes. We have structures like the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) for accountability."
Cele said he had reached out to Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte to express his displeasure with the campaign as he did not believe there was police brutality in South Africa.
Cele said a campaign that paints police in a negative light would be dangerous for law- enforcement officers as well as law-abiding citizens.
Many users on social media have criticised Cele, who is accused of focusing too much on alcohol and doing absolutely nothing about Gender Based Violence (GBV).
One user said the government is failing the women in the country.
Cele has been very vocal about his anti-alcohol stance and has called for the ban on the sale of alcohol to be reinstated.
In March, while the alcohol ban was still in place, a video of teenagers drinking and insulting Cele emerged. After being located, the teenagers were arrested. Many South Africans slammed Cele for not responding that swiftly to more serious crimes such as GBV.
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